July 15, 2020

Airborne

Jump the Mini

Marvelous old photograph of one of the Royal Marines Display Team riders soaring over his colleagues and a Mini Cooper. An elegant flight path.

July 14, 2020

Crusin’

Thruxton Tidy

– some dapper cove hoofing along a Miami quayside aboard his cafe’d Triumph.

July 13, 2020

World of Wheels

Comic Book Adventures

Sixties pulp motorcycle magazine covers. If it’s two wheeled, goes breakneck fast, is dangerous shenanigans then it’ll be in these publications.

July 12, 2020

I can see yonder…

Upright Stance

– long gone is the day when I wanted my handlebars low in racing pose with clip-one. An agéd back and stiffening hips means I need to have the steering fettled to achieve a straighter searing position. The Tigers bars, though tall, still have me in a slight crouch. So I have fitted these Rox Risers which add 2” to the bar height. Huge difference. I sit tall with a commanding stature on the bike. Easy upgrade for me.

July 11, 2020

Big Jack

Ah’d ratha kick a baal aboot than gan doon the pit.

From the mining town of Ashington came there Charlton brothers, Jackie and younger Bobby. Both went on to play for upper division clubs: Leeds and Manchester United respectively, and both were on the legendary World Cup winning English squad of 1966. Jack would then go on to be the manager for Ireland who made it to the quarter finals in 1990. A legendary Geordie if ever there was one. They grew up along the doors from my Granda. Jackie Charlton 1935-2020

July 10, 2020

Roadside Chat

Courier

– wartime communication was enabled by the feat women riders who carried essential documents between various ministries and planning groups. They look very proud in this image on some country road under grey skies.

July 9, 2020

Meow

Fuel Up!

– Esso: short for Standard Oil “S.O.”

July 8, 2020

In Orbit

Spaceman

– Major Tom Foale spent 6 months on the International Space Station. Army Air Corps Officer, Astronaut, Britain. His choice of ride is appropriate: 1200 Triumph Scramble. Boxed adventure.

July 7, 2020

CeeBee Seven Fifty

Seventies Superbike

– this clean example of Honda’s long serving early powerhouse was parked outside my office yesterday. 1980 CB750K DOHC – it’s an immaculate restoration looking cleaner than a fresh off the floor model.

July 6, 2020

Ride on boyo!

Smiling Hound

– Welsh singer actor Lee Evans promoting a thirties vibe in sheepskin lined belted leather coat, tall engineer boots, and over the shoulder napsack. The Vincent Comet is a suitable motorcycle prop for the magazine shoot. The vintage backdrop adds a perfect foil.

July 5, 2020

Selfie

Quayside

– a fun rear camera shot of the two of us on the harbor front. Lake Michigan stirring in a light odorous chop with a cooling air drifted over the freshwater to us.

July 4, 2020

Independence

Fourth Seven

– lovely ride up to Winthrop Harbor this evening . Quiet roads with few cars and perfect temperatures.

July 2, 2020

John ‘n’ Tom

One man and his cat

– wonderful imagined future of the mischievous Calvin and his sardonic pet tiger Hobbes on an adventurous escapade. The flights of fancy Calvins imagination drew the pair of them into are legendary in Bill Watterson’s strip published in worldwide newspapers between 1985 and 1995.

July 1, 2020

Technical Lines

Rotring

– some nice old engineering elevations and plans of a few of the cars built by Triumph in the seventies. I can envision the rows of draughting tables with sheets of vellum and tall stools.

June 30, 2020

Tiger

Calvin & Hobbes

– Everyone needs a friend in a Tiger.